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December 2019 Archives

New York Elevator Safety Bill Could Save Lives if Passed

Governor Andrew Cuomo has a chance to pass a bill that could greatly improve, even save, the lives of many New York City residents. The bill, known as the "Elevator Safety Act", would require mechanics and others who provide maintenance for elevators in the city to be licensed by the state, in addition to going through extensive education and training, according to this New York Post article. Additionally, it would require the creation of an Elevator Safety and Standards Board. Each of the nine members on the board would be appointed by the governor and New York State legislation.

Dr. Daniel Cammerman Heartbreakingly Killed in Central Park Bicycle Crash

With barely a week before before the start of a new year, Dr. Daniel Cammerman tragically became the 29th cyclist to die while riding on New York City streets in 2019. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, Dr. Cammerman, a 50-year-old pediatrician with the Mount Sinai Health System, had been riding his bike on the 96th street transverse in Central Park. Unexpectedly, his bike slipped on a patch of ice and he fell into the path of an oncoming school bus. He was struck by the front driver side tire and was taken to Mount Sinai for treatment. Unfortunately, their efforts to save him were fruitless.

Erica Tishman Tragically Killed by Building Façade Collapse in Times Square

A devastating accident occurred on the dreary morning of December 17, 2019, when 60-year-old Erica Tishman was tragically killed after she was struck by debris that fell from a building façade in Times Square. Department of Buildings (DOB) Engineers continue to investigate the incident.

Two Construction Workers Valiantly Rescued from Harlem Building

Two construction workers were rescued in Harlem on Friday, Dec. 13 after the hydraulic lift they were operating tipped over without warning, crashing into the building where they were working. They had been almost 50 feet up in the air when the fully extended lift fell. They were left stranded, pinned against the side of the five-story building at 17 W. 118th St., with the risk of falling to the ground at any moment.

1 killed, 2 injured in Bronx Amtrak Railyard Electrical Accident

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, shortly after 11:00 a.m., an electrical accident occurred at an Amtrak railyard, tragically killing an Amtrak employee and injuring two others. The incident occurred at the Con Edison Van Nest Substation in the Parkchester section of the Bronx. NYPD are assisting Amtrak police in an ongoing investigation into the incident.

Surprise Site Inspections Lead to Decrease in Construction Accidents

We have often discussed construction accidents in this space. After all, fighting on behalf of injured workers is what we do. The most heartbreaking and senseless thing about most construction accidents is that many of them could have been prevented if fundamental safety rules and regulations were followed. Many accidents occur because of a lack of safety or supervision at a construction site. Our lawyers know firsthand how an unsafe work site can lead to an injury that changes someone's life forever, and the statistics show it: according to OSHA, in 2017, a staggering one in 5 worker deaths were in construction. In New York City, the situation is not better. Between 2015 and 2018, construction-related injuries increased by 61 percent, according to city data cited in a New York Times article.

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